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Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Scientist Associate

Azure Data Scientists apply Azure’s machine learning techniques to train, evaluate, and deploy models that solve business problems.

Required exam: Exam DP-100

Optional prerequisite: 1 exam | See details

Skills measured

Define and prepare the development environment

Select development environment

  • assess the deployment environment constraints
  • analyze and recommend tools that meet system requirements
  • select the development environment

Set up development environment

  • create an Azure data science environment
  • configure data science work environments

Quantify the business problem

  • define technical success metrics
  • quantify risks

Prepare data for modeling

Transform data into usable datasets

  • develop data structures
  • design a data sampling strategy
  • design the data preparation flow

Perform Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA)

  • review visual analytics data to discover patterns and determine next steps
  • identify anomalies, outliers, and other data inconsistencies
  • create descriptive statistics for a dataset

Cleanse and transform data

  • resolve anomalies, outliers, and other data inconsistencies
  • standardize data formats
  • set the granularity for data

Perform feature engineering

Perform feature extraction

  • perform feature extraction algorithms on numerical data
  • perform feature extraction algorithms on non-numerical data
  • scale features

Perform feature selection

  • define the optimality criteria
  • apply feature selection algorithms

Develop models

Select an algorithmic approach

  • determine appropriate performance metrics
  • implement appropriate algorithms
  • consider data preparation steps that are specific to the selected algorithms

Split datasets

  • determine ideal split based on the nature of the data
  • determine number of splits
  • determine relative size of splits
  • ensure splits are balanced

Identify data imbalances

  • resample a dataset to impose balance
  • adjust performance metric to resolve imbalances
  • implement penalization

Train the model

  • select early stopping criteria
  • tune hyper-parameters

Evaluate model performance

  • score models against evaluation metrics
  • implement cross-validation
  • identify and address overfitting
  • identify root cause of performance results

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Exam DP-100

Exam DP-100: Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure

Languages: English

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks: define and prepare the development environment; prepare data for modeling; perform feature engineering, develop models. Learn more.

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